LED Reorganization, Infrastructure Funding, Insurance Top BRAC’s 2024 Legislative Priorities 

Baton Rouge, LA (March 8, 2024) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the priorities for which the organization will advocate during the 2024 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which begins on Monday, March 11, and runs through June 3. BRAC’s focus for the session will center on advancing strategic goals to enhance the Capital Region’s economy and livability, including a reimagining and reorganization of Louisiana Economic Development (LED), championing renewable energy industry growth, fully funding key regional transportation infrastructure projects, and creating a more favorable insurance environment, amongst other livability and educational outcome priorities. BRAC’s legislative priorities can be found in full at brac.org/legislative-priorities

“With a new governor and many new faces in the Capital Region legislative delegation, encouraging collaborative discussions on key regional economic goals will be vital for our team,” said Trey Godfrey, BRAC senior vice president of policy. “We plan to work closely with our delegation to advance our region’s economic competitiveness by focusing on insurance reform, continued growth of the renewable energy sector, education policy that increases pathways to high-wage employment, and completing critical regional infrastructure projects.” 

BRAC’s 2024 legislative priorities are summarized below:   

  • Support the reorganization of LED and best practices for economic development. BRAC supports a reimagined LED, designed to foster a business-first, customer-centric environment to ensure Louisiana stands out in the global marketplace. 
  • Champion a comprehensive energy strategy. BRAC will push for policies and incentives that fuel renewable energy growth, aligning with the organization’s industry diversification goals. 
  • Commit to fully funding critical transportation infrastructure projects, including the three phases of I-10 widening, the new Mississippi River Bridge, enhanced airport services, and inter-city passenger rail between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  
  • Relieve the state’s insurance woes, creating a more favorable insurance environment for insurers and the insured, driving down costs while ensuring citizens are adequately protected. 
  • Build pathways to high-wage employment for out-of-school youth and adult learners by extending the MJ Foster Promise funding eligibility requirements to include 17-to-20-year-olds and formerly incarcerated individuals, dismantling barriers to education and reintegration.  
  • Eliminate impediments to employment by removing unnecessary degree requirements for state jobs and eliminating onerous occupational licensing requirements for some professions. 
  • Significantly improve K-12 student attendance and outcomes by expanding and incentivizing work-based-learning opportunities for students, emphasizing accountability standards, pushing grade-level literacy and numeracy, and reducing truancy and chronic absenteeism. 
  • Maintain Early Childhood Education funding levels. High-quality early education is essential for child development and enables parents and guardians to participate in the workforce. Provide the requisite funding allocations to continue serving our youngest citizens. 
  • Increase access to allied health professionals by funding the completion of the nursing and allied health education complex at Baton Rouge Community College. 

BRAC’s full rationale on its legislative priorities is available at brac.org/legislative-priorities

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber   

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is an aggressively ambitious regional economic development organization with a bias for action. BRAC seeks to push Baton Rouge beyond the status quo, unleash its potential, and support a vibrant business community that believes the finish line does not exist. BRAC seeks to accelerate economic opportunity in the Baton Rouge Area, for everyone, through BRING IT! Baton Rouge, its five-year, regional strategic plan. Learn more about BRAC at brac.org

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